To that end, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York again presented experts to prognosticate about food and drink trends in the year to come.
The audience was treated to commentary and a panel discussion moderated by Martha Teichner, correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. Participants included Carla Hall, Co-host of ABC’s The Chew and owner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen restaurant; Kate Krader, Food Editor at Bloomberg Pursuits; and Talia Baiocchi, Editor-in-Chief of Punch, an online magazine about wine, spirits and cocktails.
The presentation kicked off with a robust discussion of what constitutes trends, versus fads, and how they are picked up, or not, as well as the importance of authenticity in today’s food world. They then discussed how they personally research and learn about trends, and the importance of journalists’ conveying and challenging authenticity in the food we eat and the restaurants we patronize.
Summing up the Top Ten Trends for 2017:
Authenticity and the existence of a story behind the food or drink matters
Fermented food and drink, such as the bases of the new cocktail movement
The drinks movement toward low alcohol beverages with abundant flavors
Hybrid cooking: elements of great food from everywhere coming together
Peripatetic chefs make previously unknown dining destinations now the places to dine
The focus on Terroir, a sense of the chefs’ heritage
Nostalgia and time travel, recreating the past
A simpler America, both in the food and in the ambience
Taking a page from major global cities as international flavors are incorporated into new dishes
To experience this lively conversation in delicious detail, visit Heritage Radio: http://heritageradionetwork.org/the-next-big-bite-2016/
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